Body of girl, 14, found 700ft below Arizona's Horseshoe Bend overlook after she accidentally fell to her death
Coconino County sheriff's officials said Wednesday that the body of the 14-year-old girl was found about 700 feet (213 meters) below the Arizona landmark destination.
A California girl who was visiting an Arizona landmark destination has died from an apparent accidental fall, authorities said. The body of the 14-year-old girl was found about 700 feet below the Horseshoe Bend overlook, Coconino County sheriff's officials said Wednesday.
An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter spotted the girl's body after her family reported her missing from the overlook Monday afternoon around 4 pm, Daily Mail reports.
According to the Arizona Daily Sun, responding authorities, who were only able to recover the body Tuesday morning, rushed to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office in Flagstaff immediately after the discovery.
Sheriff's deputies, who said the teen was visiting from the San Jose, California, area, are still investigating the incident, although they believe the fall was an accident.
According to KTAR, the girl was last seen in the area of Page on the Horseshoe Bend Overlook - a popular tourist destination which gives a horseshoe-shaped span of the Colorado River flowing below red cliffs near the Arizona-Utah border. There are no guardrails to protect visitors at the location.
While the Bend is a go-to destination for photos and selfies, it also has a history of such accidents. Zachary Luke Wallace fell, 33, fell around 800ft from the overlook to his death in May this year. According to AZ Central, the man's brother told the National Park Service that he saw his brother slip over the edge at approximately 3.30pm on May 7.
Another tourist from Greece lost his life in 2010 after falling from the cliff. That said, the National Park Service announced last year that it planned to start building rails along the view in November, although discussions to continue with the plan lasted till June this year. Over 1.5 million visitors went to the bend in 2017, indicating that tourism has rapidly increased in the area. It is estimated that this year that number is expected to cross 2 million.